Press Release: C40 Mayors Summit Demonstrates Why Cities Are Leading On Global Climate Change

Johannesburg, South Africa (February 5, 2014) – Mayors and top officials from more than 45 cities joined global leaders for the fifth biennial C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Mayors Summit, hosted for the first time on the African continent, by the City of Johannesburg. In addition to releasing landmark research about the climate actions taken by cities, C40 added African cities to its membership, launched a new programme providing on-the-ground support to cities, and made a strong statement to the global community about the role of cities in tackling climate change.

During the Summit, C40 released a landmark report, Climate Action in Megacities Volume 2.0 (CAM 2.0), developed in partnership with consultancy firm Arup. CAM 2.0 provides compelling evidence that C40 cities are taking significant actions – such as implementing rigorous energy efficiency regulations for buildings, bus rapid transit lines, or flood risk mapping – to reduce carbon emissions and climate risks. The report builds upon research originally released at the 2011 C40 Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo.  

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